Philips Xenium 9@9u - user opinions and reviews

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I've had this phone for about a year now. I was looking for a phone that does what it should, and does it well. I didn't want an mp3 player or a netbook to keep in my pocket. This phone is compact, reliable, long-lasting (best rechargeable battery I've ever had in ANY portable electronic), and it makes calls better than the 4g iphone.

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  • 2010-08-02 13:59
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This phone is the worst phone I have ever had in my entire life. The software doesn't work, the radio is shit, the mp3 is shit, the camera is shit, it's heavy, the button layout is crappy, pressing the central OK is almost impossible, the menus are as complicated as Minotaur's Labyrinth, the settings are hidden so deep that you will not find them EVER, even the GOD DAMN ALARM CLOCK cannot ring continuously but goes to auto-snooze (can't turn that off) and then you have to lurk inside the settings to turn it off or it will start ringing again at random. This phone does a lot of things but it does all of them like a drunken retard with brain cancer. DON'T BUY IT!!!

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  • 2010-03-01 09:19
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Have a 9@9K model and have a very good battery life. Had problem with a low battery life and found that by not using any memory card ( or using a very compatible memory card which can be obtained thru trial and error and lot of wasted money ) the standy time increased a lot.

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  • 2010-02-11 16:53
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This is really cool. We can edit our photos likely as the photoshop like the ones in our computer. The battery life is long and one thing I regret is that the camera is not as better as 1.3MP of Nokia. So please make it better whoever concerned. I have been using this for a month and It is quite good

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  • 2009-10-16 16:27
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i just bought this phone.
i noticed when u send message without saved, it will not be stored in sent folder. when i read the manual it says when you save and send it will be stored in outbox folder. i am confused now. will the message be stored in sent folder when u just send (without save)?
anyone knows? thanks

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  • 2009-09-21 15:53
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The battery life may not be the ridiculous overrated amount electronics makers always give, but this phone in particular has without a doubt had the longest battery life I've experienced, going without charge for 3 days having gone through almost 3 hours of talk time each day. It's a little smaller than I percieved it to be, but some would prefer that.

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  • 2009-07-28 10:07
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The battery life is grossly misrepresented. I wish the specs out there were vaguely in line with experience.

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  • 2009-07-08 21:01
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I;m a user of this phone for slight over a mth, quite happy with it..

some downside i like to share or anyone know who to overcome it.

Sms:

* cant insert new word into the dictory.
* composing message using smart eng, cant use "number 0" only can give u a "space". have to go back to input method to change to "numeric".
* don't have a function to alway save send messages.
* very troublesome to sending mass sms to ppl.

phonebook:
* when u transfer ur card to phone, everything become Double.[don;y have a option to choose neither phone or card]


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  • 2009-05-25 17:36
  • TIEh
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Radio too soft even using max volume.
MP3 still acceptable when using max volume.


batt only have 3 bars, hard to determin the batt level left. [if got percentage(%) better]

cam quailty quite bad. maybe is because it is using 2mp cam. [5mp better]

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  • 2009-05-25 17:36
  • TIEh
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Hi,

I downloaded mobile animations format is SWF but it doesn't run in this phone. This format must have jave supported platform. Why is it doesn't run.

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  • 2009-05-13 07:52
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I have the white version of this phone. So far I have had it for about a month and I am happy with it. The battery lasts for about 1 week with normal use. It seems to be charging also through the USB connection when connected to a computer. As a reviewer for a similar phone 9@9w mentioned, you will not want to use the 9@9u software from its link at philips, but rather you want to download the Mobile Phone Tools software for the X710 phone from the Philips website. When you choose Interface Setup, you will see the following models are apparently supported 9@9u, 9@9w, Philips M600, Philips X710, X620, X700, and X800 via USB. The hourglass never went away (maybe it would eventually, but I didn't want to wait), so actually I was not able to use the Mobile Phone Tools. However, the reason I write all of this is because there are others out there who said that these phones won't work with a Kingston Micro SD card (even less than 2GB). I was going crazy. Using a computer, I formatted the MicroSD using an adapter without the phone, but the phone would not recognize it at all. With the 9@9u software that you download from the website, it still didn't work. I was thinking there must be a formatting issue. Then after I used this X710 Mobile Phone Tools software and chose the 9@9u interface option, although the software tools never came up, suddenly Windows told me that it recognized the Kingston Micro SD. It disappeared and I tried again and while it was present, I formatted the drive as FAT. Something else interesting occurred. With the regular 9@9u Mobile Phone Tools, the files of the phone itself were not accessible with XP, but they were with this X710 software. Also thinking it may be that some file was needed to allow the Kingston memory card to be recognized, I copied everything from the phone memory to the Kingston memory. Later I decided to delete all these. THE PHONE NOW RECOGNIZES THE KINGSTON MICRO SD CARD!!!
Steps to use a Kingston Card seem to be
1. Install X710 Mobile Phone Tools
2. Set Interface to 9@9u and choose OK
3. Plug in the phone through its USB connection and on the phone choose "Mass Storage"
4. Insert a working SANDISK Micro SD Card into the phone.
5. Windows will soon recognize both the internal memory and the Micro SD card.
6. Take out the working Micro SD card (this seemed necessary to trick it into allowing recognition of the Kingston card for a minute or two - long enough for formatting.
7. Under My Computer, right click the icon for the Kingston card and Format as FAT. Wait and hope it does not disconnect before formatting is finished.
8. Go to the internal memory. Make sure that even hidden files are viewable. Copy all these to the Kingston drive.
9. Later delete the files and unplug the USB connection.
10. The Kingston Micro SD card is now seen under the File Manager of the phone.

HOWEVER, if you remove the Kingston Micro SD card or if you turn off your phone, it will no longer be recognized by the phone and you will have to repeat steps 1-10 with the USB connection. Well, actually all you have to do is insert the Kingston card, run the X710 software and run the Interface setup for the 9@9u, plug in the phone to the computer via USB, and Windows will recognize the Kingston card. Disconnect the phone and via File Manager on the phone you will see Memory Card as an option. But as soon as you remove the card or turn off the phone, the whole process must be repeated. Note that this problem is not seen with the SanDisk card that came with the phone when I bought it.

I hope whoever reads this can maybe add more useful information about how to solve the Kingston Micro SD incompatibility problem.

The volume is a low for the ringer files and although I tried to make a better ringer file, it still is not loud enough. So even though the phone is in my pocket, I miss calls and messages.
The radio is nice and overall I am happy with the phone. My friend has one that however only gives about 3 days of battery life for minimal use he says. Possibly his battery is defective.

The buttons are easy to push, so for this reason I like the design. The camera takes fairly nice pictures. I have gotten use to 7MB from a camera, but at least this one is not VGA.
I would give it a B+/A-.

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  • 2009-05-04 22:02
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Screen refresh rate, maintenance department said that this is normal. You have such a thing? Thanks

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  • 2009-02-17 10:22
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does 9@9U have a blacklist caller,
please help me.....

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  • 2009-02-09 12:05
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Sound....?
Good or bad?
please reply my question....

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  • 2009-01-17 15:02
  • wr4M
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> In reply to BOM @ 2008-11-15 17:07 from PWCS - click to readyes it has crystal talk and it is world phone ,just pop your sim card in and it will works any network.

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  • 2008-11-24 16:17
  • 4ZZ$
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> In reply to scandy @ 2008-11-11 02:15 from vj1k - click to readno phone is like other phone if you buy a new phone you have to learn how to use it.

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  • 2008-11-24 16:14
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may i ask among the users of this phone if how much is the storage for the phonebook?ive heard that the 9@9w stores only 300 contacts.thanks.

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  • 2008-11-19 01:32
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Does Xenium 9@9U have a noise reduction like Crystal Talk of Motorola?

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  • 2008-11-15 17:07
  • PWCS
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> In reply to hellppp @ 2008-10-05 16:57 from wrdp - click to readhi regarding the texting and coming out of the 'komma' etc. yes this phone is a bit awkward in its text input programme. if after an 'e', or 'a' etc you want a komma, there are 2 options: spece first and then press '1' twice to get the komma. or press '*' and choose 'komma'. main thing is that this phones texts so fast that any 'dictionary' is obsolete.

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  • 2008-11-11 02:15
  • vj1k
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> In reply to hellppp @ 2008-10-05 16:57 from wrdp - click to readhi regarding the texting and coming out of the 'komma' etc. yes this phone is a bit awkward in its text input programme. if after an 'e', or 'a' etc you want a komma, there are 2 options: spece first and then press '1' twice to get the komma. or press '*' and choose 'komma'. main thing is that this phones texts so fast that any 'dictionary' is obsolete.

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  • 2008-11-11 01:54
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